Introducing Poetry and Ritual in Augustus’ Secular Games in 17 B.C.E.

Marked by ritual games and sacrifices, the Ludi Saeculares, the Secular Games, mark a new age within the Roman empire, one of which was famously held by Emperor Augustus in 17 B.C.E.. The emperor then commissioned the lyric poet, Horace, to create the Carmen Saeculare, which contains much information contributing to these ritual practices during the games. In…